The submission for Focused Symposia is closed.
The main theme for the 50th anniversary conference of IFOMPT is "Crossing bridges" - Crossing bridges between research, clinical practice, education, patients’ perspectives and the needs of society. The many challenges and changes that musculoskeletal and manual physical therapy are facing, require critical reflection on the future from different perspectives. New practices and ways of thinking are emerging, and may provide reflection on our identity, new roles, refined ways to practice, and new models of care. The 2024 IFOMPT conference will be a key event to discuss, advocate and celebrate the diversity of muskuloskeletal and manual physical therapy.
The call for Focused Symposia is open to all aspects of MSK and manual physical therapy, and diversity in topics is highly encouraged. Proposals for Focused Symposia should be submitted under one of the three conference strands that are described below:
This strand will cover new developments and ideas about crossing bridges between science, practice and patients’ experiences. This will include aspects relating to:
This strand will explore questions of where we as musculoskeletal and manual physical therapists come from, where we are today, and where we are going in the future. This will include aspects relating to:
New developments and cutting-edge topics to underline the expertise of musculoskeletal and manual physical therapists will be presented in this strand. This will include aspects relating to:
The Focused Symposia will be a key component of the conference with the aim of creating an insightful learning experience in relation to MSK physiotherapy. They should promote critical reflection and respectful debate, acknowledging different opinions and perspectives on musculoskeletal and manual physical therapy. We will host a range of different types of Focused Symposia based on the topics:
A topical Focused Symposium, chaired by a recognised expert in the field with three to four speakers including the chair. This will ideally include:
A Active Focused Symposium should propose an innovative format that involves active audience participation (e.g., participant group discussions or case studies). A detailed description of the activities that are proposed to be included during the session and how these will be managed should form part of the submission.
A Debate Style Focused Symposium aim to facilitate discussion and debate on a topic where there may be differing and opposing views. The debate can be a specific pro-contra format or be more open to different perspectives and a detailed description on how the debate will be managed should form part of the submission.
|Conference dates:||Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th July 2024|
|Focused Symposium submission opens:||1st December 2022|
|Focused Symposium submission deadline:||17th March 2023|
|Focused Symposium final closure
||20th March 2023 23:59 CET (after this date no further submissions will be accepted)|
|Notification of outcome:||June 2023|
|Please note, if successful you will be required to confirm your commitment to delivering the focused symposium within two weeks (14 days) of notification.|
The chair should submit the Focused Symposium for consideration. All presenters included in the group should have agreed to participate to the Focused Symposium before submission.
Each submission must be made electronically via the IFOMPT 2024 website. The documents can be compiled in Word and copied and pasted into the fields on the website. Note that the online submission form will provide restricted space for data entry. To assist you in preparing your submission, an indication of the available word count is provided.
Submissions must be submitted in English and will need to include the following:
A single abstract jointly authored by the chair and all other presenters needs to be submitted per Focused Symposium. The abstract should consist of a maximum of 750 words, and should provide a comprehensive overview of the Symposium and linked presentations. This will be included in the Conference proceedings and should be structured using the following headings:
Learning objectives (up to 3)
All submissions must be submitted electronically here:
The evaluation of the submissions will be made by an expert group appointed by the Conference Scientific Committee.
Each paper will be evaluated several times and by different experts.
The committee will consider all the submissions in relation to topic and format and may recommend some modifications to individual submissions to fit into the overall program.
With your submission you agree that the Focused Symposium could be recorded and could be published on a virtual platform.
Submitted abstracts will be used for publication.
All participants must register and attend the Conference in person.
A formal consent process will take place after the submission has been accepted.